McCain showed a bit of temper today and this may just be what it takes to show the undecided that he is one who will not put up with nonsense from the Congress, our enemies, nor our allies. One of the last Presidents who showed this type of temperament was perhaps Harry S. Truman, and he fared well with all those mentioned. Our enemies certainly were sure as to where he stood, as well as our allies.
As a military man, Truman showed what he was made of during WWI when he was commander of a battery of field artillery. During a sudden attack by the Germans in the
Truman assumed office under a cloud as "the senator from Pendergast." He gave patronage decisions to Pendergast but always maintained that he voted his conscience. Truman always defended his patronage, saying that by offering a little, he saved a lot.
McCain is often seen as one who has leaned to the left and that infuriates the right, especially the religious right. It seems that, in doing so, he has managed to do as Truman said, offer a little to save a lot. That may well be another point of saving grace for him in November. The undecided, the swing voter, and the independent will understand this and realize that he could very well be the candidate to bring real change. Perhaps they will see that McCain is not one to do a great deal of talking about change but actually can walk the walk when it comes to getting it done.
As a Senator, Truman said: If we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't want to see Hitler victorious under any circumstances. Neither of them thinks anything of their pledged word. His enemies attempted to use it against him and the press has a heyday with his off the cuff comments. McCain has said as much about some of our enemies and understands that none of them think anything of their pledged word. That is something that neither Obama or Hillary understand, especially Obama. His approach to our enemies is more Chamberlin-like than anything else, and we know the results of that type of thought.
Truman's no-holds-barred style of campaigning in the face of seemingly impossible odds became a campaign tactic that would be repeated by, and appealed to by many presidential candidates in years to come. In this against-all-odds stand, most would find McCain an almost mirror image. Now it is up to him to conduct a no-holds-barred campaign, for if he faces Hillary, it is certain she will stop at nothing. Obama will continue to try playing the “snake-oil salesman” and con his way into office, and any attempt to engage him full throttle will be called racist, but McCain must not allow this game to be played if he is to win in November.
Just as an added note to how McCain must not allow the Obama clan to control how he runs his campaign, again today, when a Congressman from Iowa made a statement concerning how the terrorists will see an Obama victory, the Obama camp immediately seized on the statement and called on McCain to refute the statement. McCain needs to just allow the statement to stand and simply reply that in this country each individual has a right to their opinion and to express such, and if Senator Obama does not agree, then he certainly has no business being President. The Obama camp will attempt to use McCain to fight their battles; he does not have the time and should not give in to manipulation to do so.